The days are getting longer, the weather is getting warmer and there’s a distinct change of season in the air. We’re very lucky in Cornwall that the temperature remains relatively mild even during the depths of winter, so spring arrives early. A month early this year in fact, on the 18th February, when six Cornish champion magnolia trees flowered with at least 50 blooms each.

It’s a great time to visit the county – with towns, villages and beaches much quieter than in the summer months. Here are some of our favourite things to do:

Head to the beach

We’re surrounded by beaches – quite literally. At this time of year, they’re usually quiet and are perfect for blowing the cobwebs away. Head to the north coast for more dramatic coastline and wide-open beaches, with often rough seas, or the south where beaches are smaller and usually more sheltered. Many are dog friendly too – you can find a list here.

Our favourites to visit on the north coast are Perranporth and Gwithian. On the south, we head to Grebe or Gyllyngvase

Walk the coast path

The South West Coast Path is the longest waymarked footpath in England and stretches for 630 miles. But don’t panic – there’s no need to walk the whole thing! There are some fantastic stretches to explore in Cornwall, on both coasts. We’d recommend heading to Botallack, where the engine houses cling to the foot of the cliffs – an extraordinary sight!

Cycle coast to coast

At just 11 miles from north to south coast, this is the only coast to coast you can complete in an afternoon (or less if you’re speedy). The former mineral railway track is almost entirely traffic-free, with a fishing village at each end. It’s very picturesque, relatively flat and great for children and adults alike. If you need to hire bikes, there’s a cycle hire under two miles away from the cottage.

Visit glorious gardens

Cornwall isn’t just about coastline, there are magnificent gardens to visit too. The spring brings with it some of the most beautiful blooms, in colours which are guaranteed to brighten any day. A colourful backdrop of magnolias, rhododendrons and camellias can be found dotted throughout the county.

With the magnolia already in full bloom here, we’re looking forward to welcoming sunnier days ahead.

Cart Shed Cottage is located in Perranwell Station, mid-way between Truro and Falmouth in central Cornwall.

If you’d like to enjoy Cornwall in the spring, you can now book for 2021 here.